Best Buy has confirmed that it has secured the rights to the Wi-Fi-only HTC Flyer, which it claims will be available in the UK in the spring – so very soon.
We had a look at the Flyer at MWC 2011 and at a HTC briefing in London. All in all it’s a strong device with trademark HTC styling, even if is doesn’t ship with Android 3.0.
Specs wise, the HTC Flyer features a 7-inch, 1024×600 pixel display, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense UI, a 5 megapixel rear and 1.3 megapixel front camera, Scribe support with optional stylus, and 16GB of storage.
At present, we’re not really sure HTC if has done enough in the spec department to really make much of a splash in the already bloated tablet-space.
Having said that, the company’s vehemently strong brand identity will certainly do it some favours in terms of sales figures.
Still though, we’re not convinced the Flyer will stack up against the likes of the iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The Flyer, when compared to these devices, lacks processing power, size and, most importantly, Android 3.0 – Google’s tablet-specific iteration of Android.
Couple this with the reported £600 asking price and it’s difficult to see what HTC is up to with the Flyer – it has lower spec than the iPad 2, but costs more? Weird.
No doubt we’ll hear more about the Flyer and its prices as ‘spring’ approaches. Until then, keep your eyes and ears to the ground for an official release date.